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Soccer seniors enjoying final season

The Ole Miss women’s soccer team has been highlighted all season long by the young talent throughout the roster, but midfielders Alix Hildal and Meghan O’Rourke and defender Emily Sinovich have all provided valuable senior leadership.
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As the Ole Miss women’s soccer regular season comes to an end, it’s also nearing the end for the three Lady Rebel seniors, midfielders Alix Hildal and Meghan O’Rourke and defender Emily Sinovich.
 
For these three veterans, it is all about enjoying it while it lasts. The team honored them Sunday on senior day during a pregame ceremony before the final home game of their careers.
 
“It was special what they did for us,” Hildal said.  
 
While this season has not met the team’s expectations, Ole Miss is still going to the Southeastern Conference Tournament after a two-year absence. For O’Rourke and Sinovich, it is an achievement they thought might never happen.
 
“It’s awesome, honestly,” O’Rourke said. “I know Sino (Sinovich) and I haven’t made it to the beach since we’ve been here. Alix has made it once. I’m proud of this team, how far we’ve come in a couple of years.” 
 
While Hildal has been to the tournament before, she had another repeat honor at the beginning of the season, earning her second preseason All-SEC honor of her Ole Miss career. Hildal has also started every game for the Rebels during her four years here.  
 
Team chemistry is one of the main things the three seniors have enjoyed during their final season. 
 
“The team has been really close this year,” Hildal said. “It’s been a really good senior year. They’ve made it easy being seniors.”  
 
Head coach Matt Mott acknowledged the significance of losing the seniors’ experience next season.
 
“Great character,” Mott said of the seniors. “Alix has been just awesome her entire career for us. “One of the best players that ever put on the Ole Miss jersey,” he said. “Sino and Meghan coming in as transfers has just done a lot for the culture of our team. I’m going to miss them a lot.”
 
With 11 freshmen on the team this year, the need for that kind of leadership would seem obvious, but with how well the young group performed on the field this season, the seniors’ job was much easier.
 
“They are definitely a crazy bunch, but they’re good soccer players and it helps us on the soccer field,” Hildal said of the freshmen. 
 
O’Rourke, who was a transfer from Mercer University, played at Ole Miss for two seasons and has played in 15 games and has one goal. 
 
Sinovich, who transferred from The University of Alabama-Birmingham in 2011, played two seasons for the Lady Rebels. During her career at Ole Miss, she has played in 35 games and started in eight games during the 2012 season.
 
The seniors will close out their final regular season on Thursday night in Starkville against Mississippi State and hope to continue the year at the SEC Tournament, which starts on Monday in Orange Beach, Ala.
 
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